MP Mike Lake says carbon tax hurts Canada

Lake speaks at chamber luncheon, says rural crime not abating

It was just like an old-fashioned country get-together Sept. 7 as local councils, chamber of commerce members and residents gathered for the “Meet in the Millet” event.

Organized by the Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce, “Meet in the Millet” is intended as a regional luncheon. Those present included the city and County of Wetaskiwin, City and County of Leduc, Town of Millet, Town of Calmar and Town of Beaumont, all of which sent their greetings through representatives.

After lunch, the focus of the meeting was on Conservative Party MP Mike Lake’s presentation. Lake noted his riding Edmonton Wetaskiwin is population-wise the largest in Canada. “It’s a bit of a challenge to represent such a large riding,” stated Lake.

He noted he’s been hosting “round table” discussions with up to 16 people in areas around the riding to get feedback on what’s happening to residents. Lake noted he’ll be meeting with local councils soon.

The MP then discussed the top issues he’s heard in these round table meetings. The top one, stated Lake, has been pipelines. The feedback he’s hearing is that residents are frustrated about pipeline delays and cancellations; a more reliable process is needed for approving pipelines so investors have confidence in Canada and perhaps a change in leadership. “We need to change the regime,” said Lake.

The second issue has been free trade. Lake said constituents are quite frustrated with free trade talks with the U.S. The MP noted it’s a complicated issue, and any leader would be challenged to negotiate with President Donald Trump. Lake said negotiations are always about leverage and voters should remember Canada has a resource-based economy and prosperity comes from its natural resources.

The third issue is immigration/border security. Lake stated the current system is racking up hundreds of millions of dollars in costs. He also stated regular immigrants are the ones most affected by refugee claims.

The fourth issue is carbon tax, and has been mentioned regularly since the last election. Such a tax, noted Lake, hurts Canada if the U.S. doesn’t have one. Such a tax discourages investment, as dollars are spent in countries that don’t have it.

Fifth is the question of what new Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is like. Lake stated Scheer is a smart man, likable, sociable very fiscally minded and capable of building bridges as a small-c conservative.

Sixth has been budget deficits. Lake noted the current Liberal government now has about $18 billion in debt built up over just the past year, and the Liberal government has no idea how to pay it off.

Seventh has been rural crime. Lake said rural crime continues to be a serious problem, and point out some people are claiming crime has dropped but added that certain crime rates according to Stats Canada have dropped, and that stats are usually calculated on charges and especially convictions.

Eighth is the legalization of marijuana. The MP noted the issue seems to be surrounded by questions that no one in the Liberal government is answering. “It’s moving too quickly,” said Lake. He noted police still don’t have a reliable roadside test and there appears to be no serious education campaign either.

MLA Bruce Hinkley

Hinkley, NDP MLA for the Wetaskiwin Camrose constituency, brought greetings from the Government of Alberta. He also pointed out some recent events in and around Wetaskiwin, including a new assisted living facility, a reduction in vehicle thefts in the area and that Wetaskiwin-area is now below the national average in job losses.

Hinkley also stated Premier Rachel Notley continues to work hard on pipeline approvals for the people of Alberta.

Just Posted

Unsightly premises fees added to County of Wetaskiwin tax bill

Property owner cannot be located, so contractor cleaned yard

Alberta RCMP reminds Albertans how to be ‘egg-stra’ safe this Easter

Put away phone while driving, plan for a designated driver

Wetaskiwin’s Leaders of Tomorrow honoured Apr. 8

Four youth impress the Wetaskiwin community

UPDATED Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin winner Wilson says Alberta wanted change

UPDATED Both Rick Wilson and Mark Smith had no trouble Apr. 16 with opposing parties

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

Almost a year ago Kenney dismissed Trudeau as a dilettante and a lightweight

‘Open for business:’ Jason Kenney’s UCP wins majority in Alberta election

The UCP was leading or elected in 63 of 87 seats Tuesday night

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Undercover cops don’t need warrant to email, text suspected child lurers: court

High court decision came Thursday in the case of Sean Patrick Mills of Newfoundland

VIDEO: Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday

Most Read